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An exercise in resistance: Inoculation messaging as a strategy for protecting motivation during a monotonous and controlling exercise class

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posted on 02.08.2018, 00:00 by JA Dimmock, M Gagné,, TC Howle, Amanda Rebar, B Jackson
Sustained attention has been devoted to studying the factors that support (or thwart) individuals’ enjoyment of, interest in, and value judgments regarding, their exercise activities. We employed a resistance-inducing (i.e., inoculation theory) messaging technique with the aim of protecting these desirable perceptions in the face of environmental conditions designed to undermine one’s positive exercise experiences. Autonomously-motivated exercisers (N = 146, Mage = 20.57, SD = 4.02) performed a 25-minute, group-based, instructor-led exercise circuit, in which the activities were deliberately monotonous, and during which the confederate instructor acted in a disinterested, unsupportive, and critical manner. Shortly before the session, participants received either a control message containing general information about the exercise class, or an inoculation message containing a forewarning about potential challenges to participants’ enjoyment/interest/value perceptions during the class, as well as information about how participants might maintain positive perceptions in the face of these challenges. Despite there being no between-condition differences in pre-session mood or general exercise motives, inoculated (relative to control) participants reported greater interest/enjoyment in the exercise session and higher perceptions of need support from the instructor. Perceptions of need support mediated the relationship between message condition and interest/enjoyment.

History

Volume

38

Issue

6

Start Page

567

End Page

578

Number of Pages

11

eISSN

1543-2904

ISSN

0895-2779

Publisher

Human Kinetics Publishers, USA

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

University of Western Australia

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology

Exports

CQUniversity

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